The 420 Connacht Championships will be held at GBSC on Sunday and Monday of this weekend. The weather is forecast light and we have Spring tides so conditions will make for tactical racing. Aoife Lyons, PRO for the event, will be holding a race briefing at 10:30am. Launch is expected to commence shortly after the briefing - it will be low springs so launching and reaching the sailing area may take some time.
All boats requiring parental consent are asked to bring along the completed forms for each boat to ensure registration can be completed quickly.
After racing on Sunday there will be short Volvo Ocean Race presentation by Caragh McGovern from Let’s Do It Global, organisers of the Volvo Ocean Race finale in Galway in July this year. Caragh will have the VOR trophy on display for the sailors.
Looking forward to seeing you in Galway.
This weekend GBSC are hosting the Connacht Championships, which doubles as the second leg of the qualifier series combined with the ISA Youth Championships. It is anticipated that qualified boats will know which event they plan to attend at the conclusion of racing this weekend.
Attached are some outline itineraries and costs based on some preliminary work by Tino, James & Brian. They are subject to confirmation but should be enough to help people decide if they have the time & budget to participate in either the Junior Europeans or the UK Nationals.
- Brian McDowell, Class President
The 2012 Selection Criteria - 420 Junior Europeans were published in February. A clarification has been issued:
Series will be scored to include only eligible sailors. This means for the ISA Mitsubishi Youth Championships, overseas boats are excluded from the results. As noted in the original criteria, results for over-age competitors at the Connachts will also be excluded. The attached file shows the current position of boats after the first stage of the trials.
The ISA Mitsubishi Youth National Championships were held in Dun Laoghaire last week. The four day event had 296 entries from 10 countries including Ireland. Arguably the most competitive class was the 420s, which included medallists from a 2011 Continental or World 420 Championship in each of the first 4 boats and another 11 crews who had competed at international events.
The 26 boat 420 Class was won convincingly by Junior European Gold Medalists Guillaume Pirouelle and Valentin Sipan from France. They were followed in second place by Ladies European Silver Medalists Jennifer Poret and Louise Chevet and Ladies World Champion Annabel Vose with Kirsty Urwin as crew.
Whilst the visitors dominated the top of the results sheet, the Irish crews all sailed really well and there was close racing throughout the fleet in every race. Given the youngest sailor is still only 12 and majority of our sailors are under 16, the future looks bright for the class.
The ISA Mitsubishi Youth National Championship Boys 420 Gold Medalists were Patrick Crosbie and Grattan Roberts from RCYC, who finished in 8th place overall. They were closely followed by Adam Hyland and Bill Staunton, RStGYC/SSC, in 9th and Robert Dickson and Sean Waddilove from HYC in 13th .
The ISA Mitsubishi Youth National Championship Girls 420 Gold Medalists were Lizzy McDowell and Orlagh Thompson from MYC in 14th Place. They were followed by Kate & Allana Lyttle RStGYC and Lucy Burrows & Laura Gilmore from Strangford LoughYC/Donaghadee SC.
The ISA Mitsubishi Youth National Championship is the first leg of a trial series for the team to represent Ireland at the 2012 Junior European Championships at Riva Del Garda in Italy in August. The trials series will conclude with the Connacht Championships in Galway Bay Sailing Club on 6th & 7th May. The Irish International 420 Class Association will be sending teams to the British Nationals in Torbay as well as the Junior Europeans. Coaching and support will be provided at both events with funding from the ISA and Irish Sports Council.
The Connacht Championships will be held in Galway Bay Sailing Club on 6-7 May, the Sunday and Monday of the bank holiday weekend.
The Notice of Race and Entry Form are available here. Participants must also complete membership forms, and if under 18 the parental consent forms which are available from the membership page of this site.
To assist with planning it would be helpful if you let Martina Jordan know that you are planning to attend the event: martinaj39 [at] gmail [dot] com
Malahide Yacht Club hosted the 420 Leinster Sailing Championships last weekend at their new clubhouse on the Broadmeadows. Thirteen boats competed from Galway, Crosshaven, Strangford Lough, Dun Laoghaire, Howth and Malahide.
The event was held in fabulous, sunny conditions with a breeze of about 7 or 8 knots both days. Race Officer Neil Murphy set some excellent courses in the gusty and shifty conditions. The sailors enjoyed the opportunity to have some excellent tactical racing.
Results for the 420 Leinster Championships, MYC, 24-25 Mar 2012 are given below. A huge "Thank You" to Brian McDowell and the big team of volunteers at Malahide Yacht Club who organised a fanastic event as the first championship of the season. They even fixed the weather for us. A race report will issue shortly.
Zeigelmayer hull in excellent condition with top and bottom covers, 2 masts (super spars), 1 boom (super spars), 2 main sails (olympic), 2 jibs (olympic), 2 spinnakers (olympic), N1 foils, 1 spinnaker pole and all lines. Road trailer and launching trolley included.
She was bought for the worlds in 2005 and has been barely used since. Available for viewing in Monkstown, Co. Dublin. Price: €3500 negotiable. Please call Charlotte 0879159251
Coming up soon are the Mitsubishi ISA Youth Nationals and the 420 Leinster Championships. It will help the organisers of both events to plan if they know who is coming. See also the updated class events page for more local, regional and international events.
Looking at the entries so far for the Mitsubishi ISA Youth Nationals, we have 10 420s, including one from Britain and one from Chile. This year's event should be great experience for our sailors with many more international sailors using it as they warm up for the ISAF Youth Worlds in July. There is a €20 discount for early entries and a draw for Westlife tickets, if you get your entry in by this Friday (16th March).
For the Leinsters, could one person from each boat e-mail Maighread Tobin (address on the entry form) to let her know they are coming. They could also fill in and e-mail a copy of their entry form, but a simple email with the name of helm & crew will do. Marineparts Direct will be sponsoring prizes, Starbucks & or Local Londis are helping out with catering and the ISA will be providing coaching support through Ross Killian.
The 2012 Junior European Championships will take place in Riva del Garda, Italy from 9th – 17th August. It is proposed to send an Irish Team to this event. Coaching and event support will be organized by the Class Association with the funding and support from the ISA and the Irish Sports Council. A total of seven crews will be selected by qualification, with a minimum of two crews must be either all female or male. Click for Notice of Race.
The events to decide the selection for the Junior European Championships are the Mitsubishi Youth Nationals in The Royal St. George Yacht Club/National Yacht Club/Royal Irish Yacht Club and the Connacht Championships in Galway Bay Sailing Club. These events will count as a single series for qualification scoring purposes. The overall score will be calculated by adding the total points of each helm of each of these regattas. After 3 races are completed a sailor’s worst score may be discarded. After 9 races are sailed across both championships then the worst two scores can be discarded from either regatta.